Dinner Ideas

Need help finding dinner for a child (or an adult) on a limited diet?  Here are some dinner ideas and links to recipes that are all wheat, soy, eggs, dairy, nuts (and coconut) free.

 

DINNER 1:

Meatlover’s Potato Soup

Veggie crisps to dip in the soup (see examples of chips/veggie crisps that are safe here)

 

DINNER 2:

(Dinner in a hurry)

Gerber Chicken and veggies soup with quinoa noodles (see pictures here), with steamed carrots and chopped black olives mixed in (I keep a batch of steamed carrots in the freezer so I can add them to things like this).

Sweet potato chips (peel sweet potato, slice into 1/4-1/2 inch slices, toss with avocado oil, salt, pepper, paprika, and chili powder and bake for about 10 minutes on 425. Turn over, bake for a few more minutes, until crispy. Regrigerate and pop in a toaster oven for quick reheated)

 

DINNER 3:

Tangy Salmon Tacos (if your child does not care for these, you can jazz it up a bit by wrapping it like a burrito and frying in avocado oil until browned and crispy. My daughter will eat pretty much anything if I wrap it and fry it!

Peas & corn (I take out some frozen sweet peas and corn and microwave them in rice milk. My daughter loves them this way!)

 

DINNER 4:

Indian Fry Bread topped with pinto beans & ground pork sausage, chopped lettuce, black olives, and allergy friendly ranch (My version of these recipes for Navajo tacos)

 

DINNER 5:

Fried shrimp  (use gluten free all-puprose flour mixed with a 1-4 ratio of cornmeal, salt, pepper, and lots of Old Bay

Fried okra

Sliced cucumber, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes mixed with ranch dressing

 

DINNER 6:

Winter Comfort Soup served with brown rice

 

DINNER 7:

Moroccan Lamb (see my link to this recipe and how I slightly modified it here)

Honey roasted carrots (There is a recipe somewhere on Google for these; basically toss baby carrots in honey and bake)

 

DINNER 8:

Spaghetti w/ Elk Veggie Meatballs

Quinoa/corn noodles

 

DINNER 9:

Bacon broccoli stir fry

Fun-shaped quinoa noodles

Sweet potato chips

 

These are dinners that I make for my daughter fairly often. Stir fry meals are super easy. I use the same basics for the bacon broccoli stir fry (rice milk and chicken broth, or sometimes just rice milk and I add about a tablespoon of GF flour at the end to make a thicker sauce), and I change it up with different veggies and different meats, like shrimp, or even crawfish tails.

I do try to make sure that okra, shrimp, salmon, and a gamy meat (elk or lamb) are a regular part of my daughter’s diet. The first three are for calcium and vitamin D, which are not found in very many sources when a child cannot have dairy (I also add lots of spinach during the day, either in a wrap, or in a smoothie).  And the gamy meats have more zinc and iron than your average red meats, which is also important for a child on a limited diet.

 

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Gluten Free Bread That Any Child Would Love!

Being from the South, I love everything fried–well, almost everything. But seriously, who doesn’t like fried foods?? I mean you can fry cardboard and I’m pretty sure it would taste great (though I can’t say I’ve ever tried).

One thing I never realized you could fry is bread. Who knew?? And I’m not talking about donuts. Everyone knows about donuts. I’m talking about fried bread… more specifically Bannock, or Indian Fry Bread.

This is something I just discovered and I’m so glad I did! I have yet to find gluten, dairy, nut, egg, and soy free bread for my daughter that actually tastes good. So usually I give her zucchini bread, muffins, etc. to fill that need. Now she can have a crispy flat bread, or a biscuit style crispy bread and she loves it! And what’s really great about this, is that it is actually good for her!

All I did was use gluten free flour with this Bannock recipe (video recipe). And there are other recipes online for Indian Fry Bread, like this one.

As usual, I use the GF flour that has garbanzo bean flour as a first ingredient for extra protein. I also fry it in avocado oil for those fats that a growing child on a dairy-free diet needs. I make the Bannock for breakfast with a side of bacon or sausage, and some fruit. My daughter loves it, even without any spreads or toppings. She just loves the crispy texture.

The same rings true for the Indian Fry Bread. I made the Navajo Tacos in the recipe I linked above. I used GF flour for the bread, and navy beans instead of pinto beans for the filling. I also substituted the ground beef with turkey sausage for more flavor and for a non-red meat option that the whole family could enjoy.  My daughter enjoyed this, ESPECIALLY with the black olives and allergy friendly ranch on top!

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The BEST Dinner for a Picky Toddler

If your toddler is as picky as mine, you know it can be really hard to get them to actually eat AND enjoy their dinner. My daughter will eat fruits all day long, but nothing else really makes her just enjoy what she is eating mike fruits do.  Until I found the following recipe: Moroccan Style Lamb & Chickpeas.

As I mentioned in a previous post, our dietitian stressed the importance of zinc and iron in a child’s diet who has as many dietary limitations as my daughter does and she thus recommended adding lamb to her diet.  Well, my daughter does not really like meat… unless it’s bacon, or turkey in broth smothered in Tony Chachares.  So I wanted to try something new with the lamb; something sweet.

This recipe is much different than anything I would normally cook for myself because it is a sweet type of meal, but sweet is what toddlers usually like, right? Not to mention, it’s packed with nutrition. It’s a complete meal (just add a grain, like rice).  And it’s actually really easy to make.

So I tried it. The only differences were that I used:

Avocado oil instead of olive oil to add some extra fat

Sliced grapes instead of raisins (I was out of raisins)

Regular chicken broth instead of fat-free

And I cooked it a little longer at the end so the cilantro would cook down and not be a noticeable texture

Here is how mine looked:

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After I made this dish mostly according to the recipe, I mixed in a little bit of white rice, and served it to my one and a half year old, and sure enough, she LOVED it! She ate this dinner like it was the best dinner she has ever had!  Of course, I was gleaming at this point with utter excitement because this NEVER happens!

So, for those parents whose kids have food allergies–that have as hard a time trying to find good, enjoyable food for your little ones as I do; try this recipe! It’s easy to make, and I hope your child will enjoy it as much as mine did!

 

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Breakfast Ideas

Here are some breakfast ideas for a toddler that cannot have wheat, soy, eggs, dairy, or nuts. This list is based off of experiences with my daughter coupled with recommendations from her dietitian.

One thing to note, per the dietitian: adding in bacon and sausage to a toddler’s are great ways to increase zinc, iron, and fat. Unlike adults, high cholesterol from red meat is no cause for concern for children (if it is at all.. that is all being re-thought according to her. Who knows on that front.). All the fat and cholesterol children eat goes to their brain development; so do not be afraid to add lots of red meat to your little one’s limited diet. We were advised to do that–to “pull out all the stops” as the dietitian put it.

I am always experimenting and changing things up, meaning I will continue to add to this list, so don’t forget to check back later.

Compliment these breakfast ideas with a cup of 1/2 rice milk, 1/2 hemp milk (has more calories than just rice milk), 1 cup of enriched rice milk, or a cup of enriched orange juice.

 

BREAKFAST 1:

1 large Pancake (here is an example recipe)

4 small slices of uncured, allergy friendly bacon (Natural Choice is what we use),

A few small apple slices and some grapes

 

BREAKFAST 2:

Homemade hash browns (peel and grate a red potato, soak in ice water and a little salt for about 5 minutes, drain, dry off with paper towels, sprinkle with salt & pepper and fry in avocado or canola oil until crispy)

1-2 links of pork sausage (check the ingredients to make sure it is GF, DF, etc. We use Walmart’s Great Value pork links. See pictures here)

A few slices of pear & some blueberries

 

BREAKFAST 3:

1 Grape Muffin (or more, but at least one)

1 big piece of turkey sausage (again, Walmart has an allergy friendly one, see picture here)

1/2 banana & some pieces of avocado

 

BREAKFAST 4:

1 thick slice zucchini bread topped with this mixture: 1/4 a banana, about 1/4 a small avocado, a couple tablespoons or so of cooked pumpkin. Mash them all together and spread on the zucchini bread & drop your child’s favorite fruit on top (my daughter loves blueberries)

1 large piece of turkey sausage

 

BREAKFAST 5:

1 Savory Veggie Waffle (I do Belgian waffles, so 1 is plenty, but more is okay too. My daughter sometimes eats 1 & 1/2 to 2 of them)

3 slices of bacon (you could even break it up and serve on top of the waffle)

A few orange slices & some papaya

 

BREAKFAST 6:

1 Chocolate chip muffin broken into pieces, topped with applesauce, strawberry slices, and orange slices

2 pork sausage links

 

BREAKFAST 7:

1 Cinnamon waffle topped with honey syrup (1 tablespoon honey, 4 frozen blueberries, 1 slice of frozen peach: microwave in a small bowl for 3- seconds, mix, slice fruits into small pieces)

4 slices of bacon, dipped in honey syrup

Fresh sliced peach & some grapes

 

These are examples of breakfasts that I feed my daughter fairly regularly. Obviously, balance out their snacks with what breakfast you feed them. For example: give a chickpea cake slice for snack with Breakfast 3, fruits and grains with Breakfast 5 (the waffles are half veggie), etc. And get creative!

The MOST IMPORTANT tip I can give you is FREEZE the food you make! Muffins, zucchini bread, waffles, bacon.. I freeze everything and just take out one serving at a time and microwave or cook it. That way I have plenty of food options that I don’t have to worry about going bad if we don’t eat them fast enough.

I hope this list is helpful! If it is, please let me know about it, and please check out my other Food Ideas on the menu to your right, and my recipes!  For more food ideas or nutritional guidelines, check out my resources tab or Recommended Resources. Thanks for visiting!

Lunch Ideas

Here are a few of my daughter’s favorite lunch combos that work great for a picky toddler with a sensitive tummy:

(Check out my post Food You Can Buy (GF, EF, NF, DF, SF) for pictures of some of the things listed here that I buy.)

 

LUNCH 1:

1/2 large link of Aidell’s chicken & apple sausage (or at least 4 mini links)

1 small slice of zucchini bread w/ pumpkin (cooked & mashed), mashed banana, and avocado mixed together and spread on top

A few peeled cucumber slices

 

LUNCH 2:

2 slices of Lunch meat broken in pieces

1-2 southwest hash brown patties (or kale tater tots)

Zucchini and cherry tomato slices mixed with avocado & Daiya ranch dressing

 

LUNCH 3:

Zucchini slices topped w/  homemade hummus (I use cooked chickpeas, sweet peas, and navy beans blended with canola oil, garlic, and herbs)

Turkey meat in broth (my daughter LOVES pieces of turkey in the broth with some Tony Chacheres seasoning. I just cook a turkey breast in the crock pot and then give her small pieces in a bowl with the broth and Tony’s)

1/2 slice homemade GF, SF, EF, DF, NF bread (recipe to come) spread with olive oil, sprinkled w/ Italian seasoning and garlic powder, toasted

 

LUNCH 4:

Turkey wrap

About a handful of quinoa and plantain chips mixed

A couple tablespoons or so of sliced green or black olives

 

LUNCH 5:

Fried burrito (My daughter’s favorite: heat a corn tortilla in a hot skillet for 30 seconds each side until it becomes soft, top with allergy friendly refried beans, avocado, chopped spinach, Daiya ranch dressing, fold like a burrito and fry in avocado oil on each side until crispy and browned)

Olive slices

honey roasted carrots

 

LUNCH 6:

Elk meatballs

Raw broccoli (my daughter loves it raw)

Cucumbers

Sweet potato chips

Crispy potatoes (peeled, chopped red potato tossed in avocado oil with salt and pepper, and baked until crispy)

 

Lunches are hard for me, because I’m always in a hurry, so some of these are thrown together things that my daughter just happened to really like! But these examples are basically the type of lunches that we do. My daughter’s favorite, by far, is the fried wraps. It doesn’t matter what I put in them, she loves them (especially dipped in her ranch 🙂

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For more information on nutritional guidelines, or more ideas, please see the “Resources” tab to the right of this page.  For recipes please check out my recipes page, and keep checking back! I am always adding more.

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Food You Can Buy (GF, EF, NF, DF, SF)

Here are a few staples that we keep in our house for snacks or quick sides, etc. that are allergen free.

 

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The quinoa puffs and veggie crisps help add grain to a limited diet, and my daughter LOVES these spicy ones!

 

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These lentil chips are a great snack because they have protein and nutrients that other chips don’t; so they are great to have on the go! The veggie strips are mostly potatoes, but still a tasty treat 🙂

 

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These sausages work really well for lunchtime, or a quick snack to take on the road. I heat them up in a bowl full of water and pull the skins off (makes it easier for a toddler to chew).  My daughter loves these. But you have to be really careful with the artichoke & garlic one. I have found SO many pieces of cartilage, or something that is really hard in EVERY link I have had so I check those very thoroughly before giving them to my daughter.

 

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I buy these sausages at Walmart. They are by far the best quality that I have found: simply meat and spices. No weird additives. And they taste really good. My daughter loves the pork!

 

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These little tater tot things are great. I just microwave them for a few seconds and then stick them in the toaster oven on foil until they get crispy.  dr. Praeger’s also has a Southwest Hashbrown option. Those are my daughter’s favorite. For her limited diet, the dietitian says she considers potatoes a grain and they are nice and high in calories, which growing kids need, so these are a great option.

 

 

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For sandwiches or just finger foods, these lunch meats work great. My daughter loves the ham. The ranch dressing is also great addition to your available condiments. It helps my daughter eat her veggies when she just doesn’t really feel like eating them. I add to her wraps and tacos also.

 

 

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This is the ONLY soup I have found that my daughter can tolerate. It is great to have around for those nights when you just don’t have time to make anything. Or if you are going out eat, you can take these along pretty easily.

 

There is not much else that I have found to buy for my daughter (rather than cook from scratch), but these few things are staples in our household!  This is not an exhausted list, but it sums up what we normally buy. I hope this is helpful!

 

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